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Alaska
Anti-Cruelty Statutes

Title 11. Criminal Law.
Chapter 61. Offenses Against Public Order.
Article 1. Riot, Disorderly Conduct, and Related Offenses.

Sec. 11.61.140. Cruelty to animals

(a) A person commits the crime of cruelty to animals if the person:

  • (1) knowingly inflicts severe physical pain or prolonged suffering on an animal;
  • (2) with criminal negligence, fails to care for an animal and, as a result, causes the death of the animal or causes severe physical pain or prolonged suffering to the animal; or
  • (3) kills an animal by the use of a decompression chamber.

(b) It is a defense to a prosecution under (a)(1) or (2) of this section that the conduct of the defendant

  • (1) conformed to accepted veterinary or animal husbandry practice;
  • (2) was part of scientific research governed by accepted standards;
  • (3) was necessarily incident to lawful hunting or trapping activities; or
  • (4) conformed to professionally accepted training and disciplinary methods.

(c) In this section, "animal" means a vertebrate living creature not a human being, but does not include fish.

(d) Cruelty to animals is a class A misdemeanor.

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